Hello everyone, I hope you are all well!
This week at the orphanage we have welcomed 15 nursery school children. They attend for 3 hours each morning for some very basic lessons. All of the children are absolutely beautiful and they are a real handful! None of the children can speak or understand English, which is proving a huge challenge! All of them come from extremely poor families, so most of them have only one set of clothes that they wear all week, hence their odour is not too fresh and most of them walk around in bare feet. As you can imagine the poor things have very sore feet, however they never complain and appear very happy!
Here in Uganda we are having some very heavy rain mixed in with very hot sunshine! My pearly white skin is not quite used to the heat yet, so I am still slapping on my factor 50 suncream. However I am hoping by the time I return I will have a fabulous tan to show off!
One thing I am finding very hard to get used to is the way I treated here as a white person! Whilst many people are just being friendly, you also get alot of people asking for money and shops and taxis etc try to charge you more! I know by comparison I am far richer than the people here, but it is very frustrating! I got a taxi today, which I know costs 500 ugandan shillings as that is what the driver was charging everyone else, however the cheeky man wanted to charge me 700 ugandan shillings because of the colour of my skin! It sounds silling arguing over such a small amount of money, but its the principle which I am bothered about! It is something which I am going to have to get used to, I will have to become super assertive!!
Well at the moment I am sat in an internet cafe in the City of Kampala. I have escaped the village life for the weekend, to sample some yummy western food and to hopefully sit on a proper toilet and have a hot shower, how lovely!
Getting from the village to the city has been a challenge in itself! Firstly I had to get a lift on a Boda Boda (a motorbike) which I found terrifying as they drive very fast and dart in and out of the traffic! I then had to get a taxi, which unlike in the U.K you share with as many people that they can squash into one car (today it was 8 people!) I then had a 2 hour ride on a bus; it is a journey I hope not to repeat too often!
That is the end of my update for the moment, but take care and I hope to hear from you all soon.
Lots of love